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City Integrates Communications
Place: Grimes, Iowa
The City of Grimes, in the heart of Iowa, is a small community with a big vision for urban growth. The challenge was to attract businesses and a broader population to an area where connectivity was patchy and an effective technology infrastructure did not exist.
Through constituent consultation the City identified a primary need for high speed Internet. After deciding that designing a fiber installation was difficult and costly on their own they partnered with Mediacom Business and implemented a scalable broadband solution that local businesses could connect to.
Now that the City of Grimes is connected through fiber they are able to:
As a developing community Grimes realized the importance of hard wired broadband infrastructure in their plan to grow and flourish, and partnering with Mediacom Business allowed them to install the right solution that accommodates both current and future needs.
About The City of Grimes
Founded in 1881, incorporated in 1894, and named for James W. Grimes, former senator and third governor of the state of Iowa, Grimes today offers a friendly Midwestern atmosphere and a sense of community. Located at the northwest threshold of the Des Moines Metropolitan region, Grimes enjoys easy access to the amenities of metropolitan life while maintaining all the advantages of a small hometown.
Young Auto Parts (NAPA Auto Parts)
Place: Red Oak, Iowa
Customer: Young Auto Parts
Young Auto Parts is one of 6,100 NAPA Auto Parts stores across America. Famous for their huge range of 422,000 parts available through their unique inventory system, NAPA Auto Parts always helps you find the exact part that you need.
Jud Young at Young Auto Parts was very happy with Mediacom Business and the services that they provided to help him save money and grow his business. Since dealing with Mediacom Business he has been able to:
About Young Auto Parts (NAPA Auto Parts)
There are over 6,100 NAPA Auto Parts Stores nationwide. Its 64 strategically located distribution centers serving all 50 states and with over 422,000 quality parts and accessories for automotive and industrial applications — the most extensive inventory in the industry. NAPA Auto Parts Classification — a unique inventory control system that helps customers find the exact part that they need.
About Red Oak, IA
Red Oak derives its name from Red Oak Creek which flows through the community and was noted for the red oaks on its banks. In 1869 the community was officially founded when the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (called the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad at the time) arrived. The community was named Red Oak Junction by the railroad on March 20, 1876. The junction was a line off the main Chicago to Council Bluffs, Iowa line that went to Nebraska City, Nebraska and on to Lincoln, Nebraska. Today the junction serves as a museum celebrating the community's significant military heritage.
DES Employment Group
Place: Bettendorf, Iowa
Customer: DES Employment Group
Local Account Executive: Brent Nelson
DES Employment Group was the original brainchild of its two founders in 1999 and initially focused on providing general labor and the light industrial sector. After becoming a recognized brand in the state of Iowa, DES now has offices nationwide that pride themselves on quality customer service and placements and covers a multitude of employment subdivisions.
When their office in Bettendorf needed to move to new premises, they engaged the services of Mediacom Business and found that they:
About DES Staffing Services, Inc.
DES Staffing Services, Inc., established in 1999, began as a 2 person operation by focusing on quality and client satisfaction as its top priorities. Beginning with a focus in the general labor and light industrial sector, DES worked its way to the top of the competition within the state of Iowa.
DES is a diversified staffing solution for all types of businesses, including clerical, professional, IT and medical. DES has developed a franchise system that allows staffing professionals or business investors to own or operate their own staffing and employment business.
About Bettendorf, IA
Bettendorf is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. It is the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. state of Iowa and the fourth largest city in the "Quad Cities" with a population of 33,217. Bettendorf is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Davenport and the Illinois cities of Moline, East Moline and Rock Island. The Quad Cities has a population estimate of 382,630. In 2011, Bettendorf was named America's 95th Best Town by CNNMoney.
United Country –Lowe Realty Expands its Market Reach
Place: Greenfield, Missouri
Customer: United Country – Lowe Realty
United Country specializes in real estate in the small towns and cities located in the rural areas of America. Rodney and Nancy Lowe run the franchise in Greenfield, where gracious living is the prevailing way of life.
The area is a delicate balance of old fashioned living and modern convenience and when the Lowes met Tara from Mediacom Business they decided that they could increase their business growth and boost their customer service by updating their systems.
United Country – Lowe Realty was extremely happy with Mediacom Business because of:
About United Country
Established in 1925, United Country is the only national franchise system specializing in real estate throughout the small towns and cities of rural America. Nearly 90 years of unique experience and programs for selling dream properties like vacation homes, small city and town residential, and many more lifestyle properties.
About Greenfield, MO
Greenfield is a city in Dade County, Missouri with a population of 1,371 and is the county seat of Dade County. The Greenfield square is lined with buildings built in the 1880s out of bricks made in the Greenfield Brickyard. The Opera House, which opened in 1888, is known as the "Jewel of the Square" and is still used for the summer productions of the Dade County Community Theater.
Brewton City Schools in rural Alabama (pop. 5,498) needed to upgrade its broadband access for students, teachers and administrators – understanding it was essential to provide the type of educational platform that would put their students ahead of the curve.
"Providing high-speed Internet for students is very similar to providing water and electricity in the classroom," notes Lynn D. Smith, Superintendent of Brewton City Schools. "It’s critical nowadays."
The district turned to Mediacom Business, who provided the school with the broadband connectivity and scalability via a robust fiber network. This reliable fiber backbone was essential to conduct the latest in e-learning curriculum, online testing and more so for the centralization of student records/grades. This bandwidth allows the administration to access this data simultaneously and instantaneously - right down to knowing where a student is at any given moment or watching 30 security cameras on an iPad.
Bret Dehoff, technology coordinator for Brewton City Schools, oversees a team of 2, maintaining 650 devices in 3 schools. His plate is full so he needs to rely on a provider who has the expertise to manage and monitor the network his school’s connection runs over. Still, "there isn’t enough time in the day to maintain everything," Dehoff explains. When there is an issue, "Mediacom is out there fixing it and I’m not down for 3 weeks," he continues. Even Superintendent Smith echoes Dehoff’s sentiment. "My job is to oversee schools, it’s not to have our fiber repaired," says Smith.
Mediacom Business cut the school’s broadband bill in half from their previous provider, which means that Dehoff can now purchase additional devices – that is huge for an education budget the district’s size.
On Friday, July 11, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to phase out funding for antiquated technologies, like pagers and dial-up phone service, under a program known as E-rate and to redirect $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries over the next two years. As an accredited Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) service provider, Mediacom Business has the experience, expertise and certifications to support the FCC’s new plan via our fiber network. The broadband conversation couldn’t be more important for schools right now.
"Connectivity allows rural areas most affected by poverty to access opportunities that they would not otherwise have," explains Vanessa Shelburne, 7th Grade Science Teacher at Brewton Middle School.
"We couldn't do any e-learning, distance learning or virtual field trips without fiber," explains Dehoff.
"Our goal is to meet the needs of each child individually, and that is a very large goal," notes Anne Lambert, principal of Brewton Elementary. Lambert discusses how Internet technologies allow for each child to learn at his or her own pace so that there is no more ‘teaching to the middle.’
Indeed, Mediacom Business, by providing cost-effective fiber solutions to Brewton City Schools, is allowing for each child to receive a proper education.
"You have to have a way to access that great world of information, and bring it to all," advocates Lambert.
Today's farmers can harness the power of the Internet to do all the things they need to do to put food on our tables. But what if they could do more? What if the coverage area extended to the far reaching communities of America's Heartland? During the 2014 Connect Iowa Broadband Summit in Ankeny, Iowa, Dan Templin, SVP of Mediacom Business, announced an initiative with the leading agriculture machinery company, Deere & Company, (John Deere) that would bring high-speed broadband access to Iowa farms.
Mediacom Business and John Deere are looking to close the gap between farming operations that currently have a reliable broadband internet and those that severely lack connectivity. According to a Mediacom Business press release on June 16, 2014, Templin and John Deere asked the Federal Communication Commission for $800,000 in funding to enable Mediacom Buisness to "deliver the broadband services agribusinesses require."
The Mediacom Business team is deeply rooted in these areas and committed to empowering the underserved communities in Iowa through its Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions™ Initiative and continuing work with broadband associations like Connect Iowa. Additionally, Mediacom Business’ fiber network would allow for machine to machine communication where farmers and those operating in the field can receive and upload data to their tablets in real time, helping them find customers faster or alerting business partners to production or delivery issues as they occur.
Thanks to sensors installed in equipment, and broadband connectivity powered by Mediacom Business, John Deere would be able to locate tractors that are in need of repair or service within hours -- alerting the farmer or agribusiness manager that equipment should be stopped before further damage -- and more expensive repairs -- could result.
Rural areas have historically been perceived to not be high data transfer zones, but in the age of the Internet of Things, farmers and agribusiness need connectivity more than ever, as production cycles shorten and the time to market reduces. The ability to transfer crop and harvest information in real time can affect commodity pricing, which is all the more reason that these underserved areas receive the level of broadband service that Mediacom Business fiber network is poised to provide.
Nestled in the growing populous of downtown Des Moines, the Iowa Events Center is host to both entertainment and business, both regionally and nationally. The opening of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium welcomed Elvis Presley and was the center stage for the famous ‘bat-head’ incident from rocker Ozzy Osbourne. The center is also host for many business conferences, allowing for access to the downtown scenery, restaurants, and hotels the city has to offer.
The venue was challenged with so many different events going on, sometimes at the same time, and allocating bandwidth to each while still conducting its own day to day operations and communications. Event requests for Internet speeds would be ‘guestimated’ in hopes it would be enough without the flexibility to make changes the day of the event. This left them with constant issues of employees and clients being kicked off the network or maxing out the connection and then trying to explain what happened in the aftermath.
After turning to Mediacom Business’ Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions, the Iowa Events Center is now able to:
As our 2016 presidential race is underway, the Iowa Event Center is looking forward to being able to cater to the influx of people, speakers, and events, knowing that the partnership with Mediacom Business will provide the high capacity broadband these caliber of events will require and expect.
About the Iowa Events Center
Consisting of four different venue areas – the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the Polk County Convention Complex, the Hy-Vee Hall, and the Wells Fargo Arena – plays hosts to a variety of different performing acts and conferences. Located in downtown Des Moines, the center has played host to such things as music concerts, Comic Con, and sporting events.
About Des Moines, Iowa
The capital and most populated city in the state, the city was named after the Des Moines River and has been listed as the best place for business and the wealthiest city in America. It’s one of the important cities during the US presidential elections as it’s the first location for primary caucuses.
Nestled on the shores of Pensacola, Florida sits the National Flight Academy, a premier STEM Academy housed within a simulated aircraft carrier. The academy helps kids prepare and experience real world scenarios using science, technology, engineering, and math, spending five days onboard the carrier, using real mission parameters in order to put these STEM skills to use.
Educationally, the NFA needed to ensure that their students would be able to not only connect to each other, but get the real time information needed in order to participate in the course. Onboard, the air carrier houses four Smartboard Tables so that students are able to calculate their mission headings, while also being able to simulate riding in the X-12 Triad. With this need for superior, reliable, and secure broadband connections, the NFA turned to Mediacom Business.
With our Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions, the NFA is able to power their technology platforms, with the multimedia interactive and immersive experiences needed to help teach and create a learning environment. With this equipment, students can do the following:
The NFA is now completely paperless, relying on cloud technology with a reliable fiber backbone from Mediacom Business that delivers service without any trouble or interruption in their daily operations. As the NFA continues to grow, Mediacom Business will be able to easily scale their broadband services to meet the technology demands of an innovative learning institution.
About the National Flight Academy
Taking place on board the world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier, the National Flight Academy is a targeted program for 7th to 12th graders to inspire their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students live on a multi-story, 102,000 square foot facility surrounded by advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality games for an exciting and immersive learning experience.
About Pensacola, Florida
Pensacola is set within the western part of the Florida panhandle, with a population of over 51,000. A sea port on Pensacola Bay, the city is the site for the Naval Air Station, which is the home base for the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. It is also home to the National Naval Aviation Museum and has been called, “the cradle of Naval Aviation”.
More and more businesses are turning to managed solutions in the cloud to host and monitor their business data infrastructure. A study from CompTIA shows that managed services were ranked as the leading generator of revenue in the last year. Together with the continued growth of cloud applications, managed services can give businesses the bandwidth they need to handle additional operations that will increase productivity.
What can managed cloud solutions do for your business? And if you’re heading down that path, why should your business consider fiber-optic broadband to power them?
Working in the Clouds
Managed cloud services provide skilled resources to augment the current in-house functionalities and IT infrastructures using the cloud. There are many tasks that businesses can move to managed cloud services, including:
For many businesses, especially those that may not have a large or even dedicated IT staff, having a solution help manage these crucial components allows a business to move full steam ahead as it were. And because these solutions are managed within the cloud, it means that these services have continuous uptime access, along with faster responses when things might go wrong.
A few benefits of managed cloud solutions are:
While the above seems like a simple answer to several business challenges, being able to deliver these capabilities is paramount. Despite being in the cloud, businesses still need to be sure they are able to meet managed cloud services’ data transfer requirements.
Why Managed Cloud Services Need Bandwidth
In our series, Does Your Business Have Enough Bandwidth?, we looked at the many applications and platforms that businesses use on a daily basis that can slow down the entire office, causing bottlenecks at the worst of times. Yes, while your files and documents might be sitting pretty within the cloud, it takes bandwidth in order to reach them; if several employees are trying to access files from your cloud service, while several others are using a VoIP phone system, while another set is in the midst of a web conference, the network might slow down considerably, causing calls to drop or hiccup.
A few years ago, Cisco’s Global Cloud Index report (for 2012-2017) forecasted that 69% of all data center traffic would come from cloud usage in 2017, up from the 46% of traffic in 2012; 17% of that traffic would come from users using it for web surfing, video streaming, collaboration, and connected devices. 2014 was the first year where the majority of business workloads were in the cloud – 51% versus the 49% that were in traditional IT spaces.
That’s a lot of bandwidth usage, not just for managed cloud services to run, but for employees to continue to use their programs without hindrance.
Why Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions is the Key
Fiber solutions are proving to be the mechanism to push big data, power multiple location connections, and drive simultaneous access to information. Fiber-optic broadband, especially Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business, delivers a super-fast and reliable connection transferring data at the speed of light. While speed is an obvious reason for using Gigabit level internet, when talking about managed cloud solutions, capacity is another driving force for using this platform of broadband delivery. Having access to symmetrical speeds both for upload and download activity is paramount as a business is retrieving information from the cloud. Speed and capacity work together in this instance so employees won’t experience lag time nor will the managed cloud solutions have any difficulty in maintaining and managing your infrastructure without disrupting the core business.
Fiber-optic broadband can carry more data throughput than any technology before it, and it’s more durable in that it’s laid in the ground so it’s not affected by the elements. Mediacom Business continues to lead the charge in rural America as one of the providers who are set on deep-rooting fiber in their service areas so businesses can have the same broadband access as those in large metropolitan areas. This drives competition outside local geographical boundaries but also allows a business to take advantage of advanced platforms like managed services – the types of technology that are going to take businesses to that next level of innovation.
The Consumer Electronics Show, CES, is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Held in Las Vegas, this is where every sort of gadget maker unveils the newest giant TVs, wearable electronics and digitally connected cars. But the goal of those touring the floor is to check out the latest technology and figure out how these new gadgets and devices will help them reach consumers.
In this article from the Ames Tribune in Iowa, we look at 5 of the rising trends showcased at this year's show this past January. Among them are virtual reality/augmented reality, smart cities, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and smart speaker applications.
From a business standpoint, how could each technology push the envelope on innovation? Technology can dictate how fast a business operates. The importance behind the notion of where they operate is erased, affording a business with the agility to have zero boundaries in this connected economy of ours. But the most critical ingredient to unleashing the power and reach of most of these technologies is broadband. The power to compete drives a business’ sustainability. Technology and broadband go hand in hand to keep businesses connected on every level.
We see our Mediacom Business customers using some of these fascinating technologies today. Virtual reality is making a comeback from the early 90s in helping students in Davenport, IA explore new worlds through innovative science curriculum. Manufacturing companies can simulate training exercises to help fix machinery. Use cases go far beyond just meetings with remote partners and employees.
In addition, cryptocurrency is causing frenzy within financial institutions to start their own blockchain technology as to not get left behind in the rise of bitcoin. Artificial intelligence and smart cities could be instrumental for municipalities to find ways to further economic development and better implement emergency systems and the like. Mediacom continually invests in the communities we serve to provide access to the latest broadband technology that can carry the use of these bandwidth-intensive applications. The same level of service one would come to expect in the largest metropolitan areas.